The Toledo Bend Project (FERC No. 2305) (or "Project") is an existing, federally licensed hydroelectric project jointly owned and operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas and the Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana (together, "the Authorities"; individually "SRA-TX" and "SRA-LA").
The Toledo Bend Project is located on the Sabine River where it forms the boundary between the states of Texas and Louisiana in Panola, Shelby, Sabine, and Newton counties in Texas, and DeSoto, Sabine, and Verson parishes in Louisiana. The existing facilities at the Project include a dam and powerhouse, three dikes, gated spillway and excavated channel, tailrace and excavated channel, switchyard, turbines, penstocks, and transmission line. The Toledo Bend Reservoir (or "Reservoir") extends approximately 132 river miles up the Sabine River to just north of Logansport, Louisiana, from river mile ("RM") 147 to RM 279, a distance of approximately 70 navigation miles. The Project boundary encompasses approximately 201,600 acres. The Reservoir has a surface area of approximately 185,000 acres (at water level elevation 172 ft-msl). The Reservoir has approximately 1,130 miles of shoreline and numerous opportunities for recreation.
The Project, which was originally licensed in 1963 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's ("FERC" or "Commission") predecessor agency, the Federal Power Commission, was conceived, licensed, and developed for water supply, and secondary purposes include hydroelectric power generation and recreation. On August 29, 2019, the Commission issued a new license to the Authorities for the continued operation of the Project (148 FERC ¶ 62,171, Order Issuing New License (2014)).
Public Recreation Opportunities
Project land and water resources provide a multitude of opportunities to support recreational activities such as fishing, camping, swimming, picnicking, hunting, boating, and sightseeing. The new license has several recreation-related conditions, including implementation of a Recreation Management Plan (RMP) under Article 410. The entire license order, indexed for easy reference to these recreation-related conditions and the RMP can be viewed and downloaded on our Forms page.